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Things to do in London this weekend

Live your best life this weekend with the finest Friday, Saturday and Sunday activities in London. Make the most of those precious two days off.

Nicole Reyes
By Time Out London Things To Do, Alexandra Sims and Angela Hui |
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Rejoice! The weekend’s almost here and comes bearing plenty of things to do. Get involved in the variety of Refugee Week events from Refugee Food Festival to the Choose Love x A Mile in My Shoes interactive ‘shoe shop’ exhibition, celebrate those who have made many contributions to the UK. Roll up those sleeves and have a rummage around pre-loved goods at The Big London Flea and snag original works at The Art Car Boot Fair. This weekend in London is going to be a scorcher. 

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What’s on this weekend?

Things to do, Festivals

Event of the Week: The Great Exhibition Road Festival

icon-location-pin Various locations around London, London
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A three-day festival filled with music, science, art and technology. Basically, all the good stuff. It’s (mostly) free, and you might get to meet a robot.

Kabareh Cheikhats
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Things to do, Festivals

Shubbak Festival

icon-location-pin Various venues, London
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Dance to the sounds of underground DJs from the Middle East and North Africa at the opening night of this fest championing new Arab art. Expect a programme of contemporary belly-dance, Yemeni spoken word, theatre by Syrian activists and more.

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Andy Parsons
Things to do, Quirky events

Nomadic Nights

icon-location-pin Nomadic Community Gardens, Bethnal Green
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See the street art filled allotments taken over by vegan food stalls, live music, fire performers and tarot readers. Wind down the night with a calming Reiki session.

Film

Movies on the River

icon-location-pin Tower Millennium Pier, Aldgate
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What could make director Yorgos Lanthimos’s ‘The Favourite’ even more OTT? Watching it from the top of a boat while sailing down the Thames, of course. Catch a screening of the outlandish baroque romp at the latest instalment of Movies on the River, our (hopefully) sunlit film cruise. 

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar of the Week: Tayēr + Elementary

icon-location-pin Old Street

A two-part bar from one of the world’s leading mixologists. Sip on slushie cocktails in Elementary and indulge in good food along with house party vibes in Tayēr.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Mudchute Agricultural Show

icon-location-pin Mudchute Park and Farm, Cubitt Town
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Get your countryside fix without living the capital. Expect chutney stalls, a bit of weaving and a very competitive ‘sheep show’. Did we mention that there's going to be a Shetland pony photobooth?

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Yin Wong
Things to do, Festivals

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

icon-location-pin Royal Docks Adventure, Custom House
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A fleet of brightly coloured dragon boats will be making waves on the usually calm waters of the Royal Docks as more than 40 teams battle it out on this annual competition.

Elyssa Fagan
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Hackney Vegan Village

icon-location-pin Bohemia Place, Hackney
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Chow down on tasty plant-based grub as 50 of London’s top vegan traders set up their trestle tables in this former tram shed.

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Restaurants, Contemporary European

Restaurant of the Week: Peg

icon-location-pin Hackney

A neighbourhood restaurant in Hackney doing modern izakaya-style cooking, from the team behind Bright. Records in the corner. Service with a smile. And drinking food to die for. Their chook hearts are deliciously tender pink-middled bites with just a hint of charring. 

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Things to do, Festivals

Soho Village Fête

icon-location-pin St Anne's Church, Soho, Soho
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This legendary knee-sup is back for the forty-fifth year. Head along to bet on the snail race, enter the spaghetti-eating competition, see women-led morris dancing and the famous Waiters' Race.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Summer in the City

icon-location-pin Beavertown Brewery, Tottenham Hale
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Beavertown is opening up its Tottenham brewery for a summer party. Sip on 30 craft beers in a family-friendly setting. Or, go in the evening when the party starts up.

Shelly Knots
Things to do, Late openings

Algorave

icon-location-pin Museum of Brands, Ladbroke Grove
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Bust a move to a live-coding DJ set, where algorithms create electro beats and psychedelic visuals.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

ABV (Artistic Beer Visuals)

icon-location-pin London Fields Arches, South Hackney
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Craft beers take their can art seriously. See some of the best at this exhibition of unique label art. Don't worry, there'll also be samples to sip from plenty of top London brewers.

Things to do, Food and drink events

London Gelato Festival

icon-location-pin Canopy Market, King's Cross
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Ice cream pros from Italy will be serving up their best flavours at this market dedicated to the cold stuff. A ticket lets you sample all the scoops and join gelato masterclasses.

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Film, Documentaries

Film of the Week: Apollo 11

A documentary about the historic 1969 moon mission. Go for the gripping story behind that ‘giant leap for mankind’ and beautiful visual elements. 

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Things to do, Literary events

Queen's Park Book Festival

icon-location-pin Queen's Park, Queens Park
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Author Howard Jacobsen, former Labour leader Ed Milliband and Catherine Heaney (daughter of late great Irish bard Seamus Heaney) are some of the speakers taking part in this weekend of literary talks and debate. 

Serpentine Pavilion 2019, Design Render, Interior View, © Junya Ishigami + Associates
Art

Show of the Week: ‘Serpentine Pavilion 2019’

icon-location-pin Serpentine Gallery, Knightsbridge
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This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Junya Ishigami, is a cool, calming haven bang in the middle of Hyde Park. Made from 61 tonnes of slate and 106 steel columns, Ishigami’s creation is a massive sweeping roof and definitely worth a look.

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Photo: Jonathan Prime/Universal
Film, Comedy

Yesterday

A rom-com set in a world in which The Beatles never existed. Himesh Patel’s thunderous rooftop rendition of ‘Get Back’ is pure cinematic gold.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Le Cordon Bleu London Summer Festival

icon-location-pin Le Cordon Bleu, Bloomsbury
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The fancy French cooking school is opening its doors for a summer food and drink festival. Go for behind the scenes tours, demos hosted by top London chefs and workshops from Le Cordon Bleu alumni.

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Oscar Murillo 'Untitled (news)' (2016 - 19) © Oscar Murillo. Image courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner
Art

‘Oscar Murillo’

icon-location-pin David Zwirner, Mayfair
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Big, bold, adventurous abstraction by a young upstart. He’s manic, aggressive, overwrought. You can feel how hard he’s pushing. All these blacks and reds feel bodily, angry. It’s really good abstract painting. Forget the hype, this is just good painting.

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